Being happy always is what we wish for your baby. Taking your newborn into your arms for the first time is the happiest moment in your life. How about naming your baby something which spreads joy? Today, anything under the sky can inspire a name. But if you want something beautiful and original, pick the feelings of joy and happiness!
Below, MomJunction puts together a list of boy and girl names meaning happy and joyful to celebrate the arrival of your baby. Read on!
Baby Girl Names Meaning Happy Or Joy:
In the Old Testament, Abigail was David’s wife renowned for her wisdom and prophetic powers. Parents prefer Abigail for its vintage charm. Abigail means ‘my father is joyful’.
Ada, taken from the Old German name Etta or Eda, meaning ‘happy’, was introduced in the 18th century. Its worthiest namesake is Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter.
This melodic Arabic name, meaning ‘happy’, is associated with the lead character of Verdi Opera, in which an Ethiopian princess dies to save her native people.
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The traditional Irish name Aine, tied with the Celtic goddess of summer and prosperity, means ‘happiness and success’. We love Aine not just for its beautiful meaning, but also its easy spelling and pronunciation.
Despite sounding similar to several other stylish names, Alaia is one of the fastest rising girl names in the US. meaning ‘joyful and happy’, Alaia has its namesake in Azzedine Alaia, the Parisian designer.
Alair is the cheerful and uncommon form of Hilary and means ‘happy or cheerful’.
This Hebrew name, meaning ‘great happiness’, sounds like Alyssa and Alicia, but means entirely different. It has several notable bearers, including Alisa Arnah, the British actress.
Aliza is a romantic sounding Jewish baby girl name, meaning ‘joyful’. Aliza is also the translation of the Yiddish name Freyde.
Allegra is the feminine form of the Italian adjective allegro and means ‘happy or jaunty’. It is also a term for a musical tempo in the English language.
With the popularity of -ella and -belle names, we predict even Annabelle will rise up the list. Annabella’s American meaning is ‘joy’.
If you want an alternative to the English name Eva, you can pick its closest variation Aoife, which means ‘joyful or radiant’. Aoife is also the name of the greatest female warrior of all time.
A favorite of Dante and Shakespeare, Beatrice is back, after being in the attic for over a century. Beatrice means ‘she who brings happiness’.
This Italian meaning, ‘she who brings happiness or joy’ has a solid history of its own. This name is associated with Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit. Trixie and Bea would make adorable nicknames for Beatrix.
Just as the name implies, Bliss means ‘cheer, joy, and extreme happiness’. A famous bearer of this name is Kirby Bliss Blanton, the American actress.
This modern, recently coined name is a tweaked spelling of the word blithe, which means ‘cheerful, happy, and carefree’.
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Caia, the name of the Roman Goddess of women and fire means ‘to rejoice’. It rhymes with Maya, yet sounds and looks very different.
Carol is one of the happy girl names, meaning ‘the song of happiness’, started getting popular at the end of the 19th century. It reached its highest, #4 in the year 1941.
Chara is the name of the star that represents hunting dogs in the Greek mythology, meaning ‘joy’. This unique name would make a distinctive alternative to Charlotte and Sarah.
Whether you take it as an alternative to the familiar name Sascha or as an exotic European name, Duscha would make a beautiful name for your daughter. But it would be a bit difficult for your girl to carry this name in an English-speaking world. Duscha means ‘happy’.
This short and sweet name, meaning ‘wealthy and happy’, has lately been in limbo.
Edith, meaning ‘happy warfare’, is one of the longest surviving Anglo-Saxon names today. It’s the name of two of the American First Ladies, Mrs. Woodrow Wilson and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt.
One of the sweetest sounding variation of Felicia, Falisha means ‘happy and fortunate’.
This Arabic baby girl name meaning ‘happiness or joy’, would be fitting pick for the little girl who brought joy to your life. This lovely sounding name is back on the charts after ages, thanks to the teen mom sensation.
Felicia, taken from the vocabulary word felicity, aptly describes the feeling of parents on seeing their child. It means ‘happy and lucky’.
Felicity, meaning ‘fortunate and happy’, is one of the most usable virtue names in our opinion. After coming into the spotlight after the television show “Felicity”, this name got further notice via American actress Felicity Huffman.
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Geila, from the Hebrew name Gila, has a joyous meaning ‘joy of the Lord’. The only catch is that it also related to Gila Monster, the deadly lizard native to the Mexican state of Sonora. And that’s why we recommend the spelling variation Geila to you.
This mellifluous name has been attracting several parents lately, thanks to the sensational actress Gwyneth Paltrow. It is an anglicized form of the name Gwynedd and means ‘happy’.
Halona is an unusual and rarely used Native American name, meaning ‘happy fortune’.
Hana is many things to many people. In Poland, Hana is a short form of Johanna, in Japanese, it’s a flower name, and in English, it means ‘happiness’. Even though Hannah broke into the top 1000 list in the year 1993, it never really made above top 600.
Hani is an utterly adorable Hawaiian name, meaning ‘joyful’. This name has all the qualities of being a multicultural name. It is short, sweet, sounds lovely, and does not suggest any culture or religion.
Helga is a derivative of the Old Norse word ‘heilagr’, which means ‘prosperous and successful’. It entered England before the Norman Conquest, but failed to survive long. It reappeared in the 20th century in Germany and Scandinavia.
Hillary is popular, strong, has a three-syllable structure, and a lovely meaning (happy and cheerful). In the Middle Ages, Hillary was given only to boys, but it is now exclusive to girls.
Another interesting and fresh alternative to Hillary, Ilaria means ‘happiness’.
This French version of Joie, also pronounced as the English word joy, would make a perfect option in this category. Its bearers include Joie Chen, the American news anchor and Joie Lee, American actress.
The name of the female lead in the movie ‘Elf’, Jovie has a joyous and happy sound to it. Meaning ‘joyful’, you can pick Jovie as a given name or short form of Jovana, Jovena, or Jovita.
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It cannot get more ‘joyful’. Joy is taken from the French vocabulary word joie and Latin word gaudia. The name Joy was hugely popular in the 17th century, when the Puritans took the duty of being ‘joyful in the Lord’ too seriously.
Joyce, meaning ‘joyous’, was once a male name, but shifted to the female territory in the mid of the 20thcentury. Its most famous bearer is James Joyce, the author of “Ulysses”.
Jubilee, meaning ‘joyous’, has a jubilant aura, but it could be a tad tough for your girl to carry. So pick it either as a middle name or as nickname. Beall Philips selected this name for his daughter.
Keiko is a Japanese name with supremely positive meaning, ‘happy child’.
This Greek name, meaning ‘happy’, originally belonged to the mother of the Helen of Troy. Leda was renowned for her beauty and wisdom. A modern association of this name is Leda Gloria, the Italian actress.
This hipster name, meaning ‘glad and joyful’ is a variation of Greek mythological name Leda. Leta was also the name of the second wife of Roman Emperor Gratian.
This delicate and peppy name, meaning ‘joy’, has various phonetic spellings. We love its glamorous update Letizia the most.
Luana is an exotic Hawaiian name, meaning ‘happy’, in the Polynesian language.
Maeve, pronounced as ‘may-ve’, is a beautiful Irish name, meaning ‘cause of great joy’, which we feel is fitting for your little bundle of joy. It is also associated with the Irish warrior queen.
Marnie is the perfect example of the short form being more famous than the original. Marnie is attached to several celebs, like Marnie Stern, the American guitarist and Marnie McPhail, the American voice actress.
A girl with such a cheerful name is bound to be Merry. Merry means ‘happy’.
A soft and melodious Biblical name with a positive and cheerful meaning, this name means ‘cheerful and pleasantness’. At the #77 spot, Naomi is currently at its peak.
This soft and simple Japanese name, meaning ‘happy’, is used occasionally as a surname and more for the first name. Its pop culture references include Kwon Nara and Nara Lofego Leao.
Rafa may sound as a nickname for Raphael, but it is a given name in its own right. This Arabic name means ‘happiness and prosperity’.
This Hebrew name, meaning ‘joyous melody’, would work on its own as well as an abbreviation of Irene. You can also spell it as Rina.
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Also spelled as Roniya, Ronja, and Ronya, Ronia is a Hebrew name meaning ‘joyful child’. This name is practically unknown in the English-speaking world.
This beautiful Latin name was popularized by Sir Walter Scott in his novel “Ivanhoe”, in which it was the name of the female lead.
Seelay is an uplifting English surname now used principally for girls as a first name. It means ‘blessed and happy’.
Trixie, the diminutive of Beatrix, is a sassy and spunky name, meaning ‘she who brings happiness’. Damon Wayans recently picked Trixie as a given name for his daughter.
The time is perfect to revive this Old English name meaning ‘peace and joy’. As a bonus, you get three nicknames Winnie, Freda, and Freddie.
Yuki is a Japanese name meaning ’happiness or snow’. You can use Yuki for any name that has Yuki in the beginning.
Baby Boy Names Meaning Happy Or Joy:
Anschel is a Hebrew name, meaning ‘happy’.
This Jewish name, meaning ‘happy or fortunate’, was borne by one of Jacob’s sons in the Bible.
Babies, as we all know, are harbingers of joy. So name your son Bahjat, which means ‘happiness’ in Arabic. It will suit him perfectly.
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This classic, yet simple name has a joyful quality, which will appeal to traditional parents. It was the name of an early Christian writer and a third century Pope.
This rare and rhythmic Spanish name, taken from the Roman family name Caius, would make a lovely pick for your son. It means ‘rejoice’.
In the Middle Ages, Fane was used as a nickname for someone with a happy and cheerful disposition. Today, Fane will fit well in the Kane and Zane family. Fane means ‘happy, joyous’.
Upbeat and energetic, Feliciano is Italian for Felix and means ‘happy or fortunate’.
This Latin name, meaning ‘happy or lucky’, has been used as a given name in Britain and everywhere else in Europe as a lucky omen. Felix was highly popular amongst the early Christians as well, evident from the fact that it was borne by several early saints.
If you wish for an entirely out-of-the-box name, pick the Latin name Festus for your son. Your son will share his name with the third President of Botswana, Festus Mogae.
Gae, coming from the English word ‘gay’, meaning ‘cheerful or blithe’, was used as a given name in the early 20th century, but fell out of favor in the 21st century.
As the trend for ancient Latin names is increasing, picking Gaius for your son would be an excellent idea. It is a Latin name, meaning ‘to rejoice’. A famous bearer of this name is Gaius Charles, the American actor.
Gale works both ways, as a masculine version of Abigail and a standalone Irish name, meaning ‘happy and cheerful’.
Pronounced as zheel, Gil is a dashing Hebrew name, meaning ‘happiness’. Several celebrities have Gil as their middle or first name, like Gilbert Allen-Gil Meche, the American baseball player and Gilbert “Gil” Gerard, the American actor.
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Gili is a spirited Hebrew name, meaning ‘my joy’. Pronounce this name as ‘gee-lee’.
Isaac, meaning ‘laughter and joy’, has shed the middle-aged name image to leap to the top 50 spot on the baby name list. And there is a high possibility of it heading higher.
Keyes is the Hebrew version of Caius and means ‘rejoice’. Its nickname option Key is also a definite asset.
Macario, often heard in the US, is the Spanish form of Makarios and means ‘happy and blessed’.
Accessible, yet exotic, Marnin is a Hebrew name, meaning ‘one who creates joy’. Marnin also gives the option of the friendly nickname Marn.
This modern Jewish name, with Noam Chomsky as its namesake, comes from the Hebrew vocabulary name, meaning ‘delight, joy’.
A cool alternative to Mario, Naro is an Italian word for ‘cheerful and happy’.
Oron is a friendly and substantial baby boy name, meaning ‘happy’.
This Jewish name is taken from the Yiddish word ‘selig’, which means ‘happy or fortunate’.
This Hebrew name, meaning ‘joy’, was originally a female name, but is used for boys among the Ashkenazic Jews.
Happy baby names ending with ‘b’ are gaining immense popularity these days. The Arabic name Tarub stands for ‘happy’.
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Tate, meaning ‘happy and cheerful’, is finding a place is several birth certificates. This strong, single syllable name has been hovering the top 400-baby name list for the last five years now.
Vidor, the Hungarian version of the name Hilary, would make an interesting pick for cinema lovers. King Vidor, the American director, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the director with the longest career. Vidor means ‘happy’.
This English name, meaning ‘joy stone’, got a boost during the Second World War via the towering figure Winston Churchill. Win or Winnie would make a viable nickname for Winston.
Zelig, the variation of Selig, is more popular than the original. This moniker was introduced to us by Woody Allen in his film of the same name. This quirky name means ‘blessed or happy’.
Zorion may seem like a combination of Zorro and Onion to some of our readers, but it is a Basque name, meaning ‘happiness’.
So what is your favorite name meaning ‘happy or joy’? Let us know by commenting below!
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